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HAPPY CHILDREN’S DAY

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OUR CHILDREN, OUR PRIDE

I salute Nigerian children, and indeed children of the world on the joyous occasion of Children’s Day. Children bring joy to our homes, the nation and the world. They are the embodiment of innocence, energy and vitality. In them we see continuity and the hope of a brighter future.

Available data indicates that Nigeria is a country of the young. Children constitute about half of the country’s population. But the story of the Nigerian child remains one of joy and sadness. Majority of them have no access to education, medicare and recreation. Some are subjected to child labour and other forms of inhuman treatment. Many of them have not experienced the joy of growing up. Many bear the burden of fending for their families at very tender ages. They are also the victims of bloody conflicts in various communities.

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